August 21, 2012
By Jason Arndt
Brewers Farm Report
Young shortstop going through Major League pains
Casual Brewer fans in Milwaukee and beyond have asked the
question, are the Brewers rushing Jean Segura? In spite of the shortstop’s struggles at the plate in the small sample size since being recalled in early August, the answer is: Maybe.
There are plenty of reasons the Brewers have made this move to recall a player acquired for pitcher Zack Greinke July 27. The trade itself was the Brewers obvious symbol of “waving the white flag” and preparing for the 2013 season after Greinke made it known he was going to test the market regardless of what the Brewers were going to offer.
From a Brewers perspective, they traded four prospects to Kansas City for Greinke in the winter of 2010 and eventually dealt him for Segura and two Double A pitching prospects now down in Huntsville.
So the very reason for this call-up was to provide immediate justification to all prior trades and also for the simple reason of “giving him a look” given his track record of success in the AA level of minor league baseball.
The Brewers were not the only team to do this to Segura, as the Angels in the past have thrown him in the fire and put him in an environment where he faced pitching miles ahead of what he seen previously.
Landon Hall of the Orange County Register indicated Segura was sent to Triple A to get a look by Angels scouts among delegates from other teams back in 2009.
It was then that they were beginning to suggest Segura is the real deal. And in spite of playing against those pitchers who have years more experience than him, many coaches and scouts came away rather impressed with his talent and ability.
In seven games with Triple A Pacific Coast League Salt Lake, he held his own batting .421 with two RBI, two doubles and two runs scored.
Not bad for a 19-year-old that had around 100 career professional games under his belt dating back to 2007 as a 17-year-old.
As a member of the Orem Olwz in the Rookie Pioneer League, he completed a rather impressive season that necessitated the need to give him a look. Driving in 21 runs and stealing 11 bases in just three dozen Rookie League games warrants a scouts desire to see what else he could do..
Fast forward to this season when the Angels Erick Aybar came down with a toe injury just three days before Segura was dealt to Milwaukee along with pitchers Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena.
Keep in mind that Brewers’ GM stated all along when he announced Greinke will be traded his desire to acquire a shortstop for the future of the Brewers’ franchise.
When the trade was announced, Segura was sitting on the bench in Anaheim for two days and was then sent straight to Double A Huntsville to receive work.
With a myriad of injuries plaguing the Brewers at the shortstop position including a season-ending injury to Alex Gonzalez and a DL stint by Cesar Izturis, it was Segura’s time to shine.
The pressure is on Segura to perform as both Tom Oates of the Wisconsin State-Journal mentioned on August 20 along with USA Today columnist Steve Gardner just two days after the trade.
But optimism is present among most national observers that Segura will not only succeed, but become the real deal for the Brewers in the future.